Yukon Zinc is committed to being environmentally and socially responsible and will manage its business accordingly. Yukon Zinc supports activities that help build the social, cultural, environmental and economic health of the communities in the regions where it operates.
Community Support and Development
Annually, Yukon Zinc supports local cultural/environmental youth camps in Ross River and Watson Lake, Yukon. The Company has provided support towards sports teams, B.C. and Yukon hospital foundations including the Tapestry Foundation for Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation (Vancouver), as well as the Yukon Hospital Foundation in addition to other valuable community-based initiatives.
Examples of Yukon Zinc's involvement in events has included:
- Yukon's Mining Week event hosted each May by the Yukon Chamber of Mines. The event brings together industry, government and organizations to promote mining and exploration awareness, education and opportunities to Yukon community members.
- Ross River’s Cultural Exchange event, which included drumming from the well-known Kaska Dena Drummers, handgames and other traditional Kaska First Nation activities and food.
- Co-creation of Mining for Movember fundraiser at the 2012 Geoscience Forum in Whitehorse, Yukon. The campaign raised over $5,000 towards prostate cancer research, support and awareness.
- Youth Expo during the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. The event offered northern youth from around the world, as well as community members, an opportunity to learn about the mining industry through participation in interactive activities.
Working to Increase Yukon's local mining workforce
- Pre-employment to Mining Workshop. Since 2011, Yukon Zinc has hosted pre-employment to mining workshops called Groundwork for Employment in Ross River, Watson Lake and Whitehorse, Yukon. The objectives are to increase candidates understanding of working conditions and the skill sets required for employment success. As part of the workshop there is a discussion about working a rotational work environment and to complete the workshop, candidates tour the Wolverine Mine to get a better perspective on operations at a new mine.
- Collaboration with Yukon College. Yukon Zinc along with the Yukon Mine Producers Group have worked together with the Yukon College to support the Centre for Northern Innovation and Mining. CNIMS and the group looks to help northerners acquire the skills and jobs in the mining and exploration sector.
Kaska First Nation Socio-economic Participation Agreement
In 2005, Yukon Zinc entered into a socio-economic participation agreement (SEPA) for the Finlayson area holdings (including the Wolverine Mine) with the Ross River Dena Council on behalf of the Kaska communities (Liard First Nation, Dease River First Nation, Daylu Dena Council and Kwadacha First Nation) and their respective members. The agreement provides for Kaska participation in the economic and social aspects of the development and operation of the Wolverine Mine.
To mark the progress of the Wolverine Mine, Yukon Zinc has held three traditional ceremonies with the Kaska First Nation at site. The ceremonies included the signing of the SEPA in 2005, the start of major construction in 2009 and a rock breaking ceremony for the underground in 2011. Kaska elders, members and drummers joined Yukon Zinc personnel and Yukon Government officials to learn more about the ties to the land held by the Kaska and to
collectively share in the mine's success.
Yukon Zinc recognizes the value of heritage resources and the land for the Kaska Nation and Yukoners, and is committed to protecting heritage sites, by complying with the Yukon Historic Resource Act, the Yukon Archaeological Sites Regulation, and agreements with the Kaska. Yukon Zinc is committed to building awareness and respect for traditional land use practices and heritage resources.
Kaska First Nation Scholarship
One of the most successful parts of the SEPA has been Yukon Zinc's Kaska Scholarship program, which was initiated at the start of Wolverine Mine operations. Since 2011, over 54 scholarships have been provided and have helped assist Kaska members reach their educational goals in a variety of disciplines.
Wolverine Community Newsletter
To view Yukon Zinc’s community newsletters related to the Wolverine Mine, please click here: http://www.yukonzinc.com/en/information_infosheets.cfm.